74 banks reported their activities
420 activity locations
1,738 Power of Community t-shirts worn
2,714 volunteer hours reported (estimated)
2,194 bankers participated (estimated)
Bankers are Amazing
We are amazed by the number of great things that WBA member banks did for their communities during the WBA Power of Community Week!
From food drives to volunteer efforts to surprising local police and fire departments with treats, there are so many great actions conducted by Wisconsin community banks for this effort! Check out the map above and click on the locations to see what each bank is up to for Power of Community Week.
If you haven’t reported your bank’s activities yet, please fill out the online form at www.wisbank.com/BanksPowerWI to have your locations added to the map.
Is your bank on social media? If so, make sure you are sharing the many great things your bank is up to as part of Power of Community effort and make sure to use #BanksPowerWI.
Proud of the Industry WBA Serves
WBA proudly took part in Power of Community Week as well! Here are some of the ways our staff contributed:
Several staff members prepared baked goods for our first-ever WBA Spring Baking Championship! All the proceeds of the bake sale were donated to SecondHarvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin. A total of $285, or the equivalent of 855 meals, was collected and donated.
The January-like weather didn’t stop another group of staff from volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity build site where they spent the day installing drywall.
Attendees of the WBA Women in Banking Conference brought career apparel, accessories, and shoes to donate to various agencies around Wisconsin. These agencies will give them out, for free, to those in need, helping them to interview and prepare for the workforce with confidence!
Bankers’ Bank also had a clothing drive. WBA staff met with them at the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin to drop off the donated items! Bankers from the Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Wausau, and Fox Valley areas delivered the rest of the donations to the other five selected agencies following the Women in Banking Conference.
WBA staff volunteered at SecondHarvest Food Bank. They transferred rice from a 2,000-pound bag into separate two-pound bags that can be distributed to local food pantries for distribution. They also took along the $285 in staff donations and several egg cartons that staff has been saving for them to re-use.
Several Graduate School of Banking staff members joined WBA staff in making tie-blankets, to be donated for the cats at the Dane County Humane Society.
Attendees at the WBA Agricultural Bankers Conference raised $1,525 through a raffle, with 100% of the raffle money being donated to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. A special thank you goes to the following banks for contributing great raffle prizes: Bank of Cashton, BMO Harris Bank, Citizens State Bank of Loyal, DMB Community Bank, Investors Community Bank, Peoples State Bank Prairie du Chien, and Royal Bank.
Attendees of the WBA Women in Banking Conference also purchased raffle tickets to benefit the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation, raising a total of $1,510! Thank you to the following banks for contributing some awesome prize baskets: Bank of Sun Prairie, Citizens Bank in Mukwonago, Citizens First Bank, East Wisconsin Savings Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Port Washington State Bank and Park Bank Madison.
Our thanks goes out to all the bankers who participated in the first annual WBA Power of Community Week. Check out our Facebook page to see photos of your fellow bankers and their efforts in the their communities. The June edition of Wisconsin Banker will also feature a special selection of photos as well.
And, be sure to mark the date for next year’s Power of Community Week – April 18–23, 2022!